ATHENS — An explosion ripped through a crowded bar Saturday night in a seaside suburb near the U.S. military base at the Athens airport, injuring at least 50 people, most of them Americans, Greek and American officials said.
A U.S. spokeswoman said the blast injured 34 Americans, seven of them seriously. She said 27 Americans were taken to the base hospital, mainly for treatment of cuts from flying debris. The more seriously injured victims were moved to local Greek hospitals.
A doctor at the Athens General Clinic said three U.S. service personnel and one American dependent had undergone surgery there for burns.
He identified the Americans as Mark Gordon, 35; Ervin Stewart, 30; Celeste Smith, a military policewoman at the base, and Brenda Burg, 30, the wife of a U.S. serviceman. He said Smith also had undergone surgery to remove a nail driven into her leg by the blast.